Supporting the work of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve forest guards.
To provide forest guards with solar lights and means of recharging equipment, enabling them to safely monitor tigers and other indigenous species.
The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is a protected 1536.93 square kilometre area of tiger habitat located in the central Indian highlands. The reserve currently supports around 70 tigers along with other important native species. The Corbett Foundation aims to provide the forest guards who protect the reserve with solar lights, enabling them to safely monitor tigers and other indigenous species.
The Bengal Tiger is primarily found in India, with small populations also recorded in the surrounding countries of Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar, totalling in approximately 2,500 individual tigers. They are the second largest member of the Tiger family and the most prevalent of all the Tiger subspecies. Over the years a number of factors have resulted in the rapid decline of Tiger numbers. Habitat loss, hunting and lack of prey species have all contributed in forcing this species into smaller and more remote areas.
The Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve is one of the most promising areas of suitable habitat for these big cats, and as such it is vital the reserve and the animals within it are protected. To protect and monitor the reserve effectively, the forest guards must patrol the area day and night to monitor the populations and ensure the animals are safe from poaching. With limited basic amenities in the region such as electricity and water, morale can easily dip. As well as low morale, the lack of electricity also increases the level of risk involved with tracking and monitoring the reserve’s animals at night. With dangerous animals such as tigers, leopards and elephants living within the parks boundaries, many guards are reluctant to work after day light hours, resulting in a lack of data collection.
The Corbett foundation aims to make the lives of the forest guards as safe as possible by providing them with solar lighting. As well as making tracking after dark safer, it also allows them to effectively record any data which is a pivotal part of the work being carried out in Bandhavgarh, in relation to Project Tiger.
This is the second year Link to the Wild has supported the Corbett Foundation, and the aim is to raise £2,000 on their behalf. We raised £2,500 for them last year. Providing eco-friendly and sustainable solar lighting will not only improve the living and working conditions in the Bandhavgarh reserve, but will allow the forest guards to continue to collect vital.
Where your money goes
Having always been a big cat enthusiast, tigers have recently become the main focus of my work. Supporting The Corbett Foundation allows us to play a pivotal role in tiger conservation; by protecting the area they live in as well as assisting the forest guards whose job it is to monitor the population.